UPDATE: Texas man charged with killing dad in McCormick, burning 2 bodies

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Friday, Feb. 8, 2019

McCormick COUNTY, S.C. (AP) -- Authorities say a Texas man has been charged with killing his father after two sets of human remains were found burned behind a mobile home in McCormick County.

The Index-Journal of Greenwood reports a grand jury indicted 29-year-old Jesse Smith of Temple, Texas, last month on a murder charge, as well as two counts of destruction of human remains.

Court records say Smith told state agents he shot Nathan Smith several times at a McCormick home including a final shot to the head and then disposed of his body and Ruth Huetter's body in a backyard burn pile.

A judge denied Jesse Smith bond after the indictments on Jan. 9 but encouraged prosecutors to decide if he should be charged with murder in Huetter's death as soon as possible.

Thursday, July 26, 2018

McCormick COUNTY, S.C. (WRDW/WAGT) — The McCormick County coroner tells News 12 the body has been identified.

Ruth Huetter’s body was found Tuesday, July 10th, in a burn pile around Upper Mill and Highway 67.

Further details remain limited.

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

McCormick COUNTY, S.C. (WRDW/WAGT) -- It appears two bodies were found in a burn pile around Upper Mill and Highway 67.

The coroner suspects foul play and the remains are still being examined by an anthropologist.

Stay with News 12 NBC 26 as we bring you the latest on this developing story.

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

McCormick COUNTY, S.C. (WRDW/WAGT) -- Officials tell News 12 human remains were found in McCormick County Tuesday afternoon.

The McCormick County deputy coroner says the remains were found around Upper Mill and Highway 67.

SLED is taking on the case. Officials say it's not clear at this time whether there are one or two bodies.

The remains are being sent to Newberry, SC, for an autopsy on July 13.

Details are limited. Stick with News 12 for the latest in this developing story.